Friday, February 15, 2013

Quinoa Pizza Crusts

We are now firmly into
the Year of the black water snake.
Happy New Year!

2013 is the year of the black Snake and began on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac.

This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.

It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.
More...Sounds good to me!

Onto the pizza-

I grew up in Chicago-land, where pizza is considered a separate food group by many of my friends and family.
There are many successful pizzarias in every neighborhood there and it is one food I miss living in the South. I had been experimenting with using different grains before I really knew how the grains affected my body. Now that I know, I am avoiding.

Quinoa (keen wa) however, is a seed. Hmmm... I tried using it ground, but was very dense by itself. It was very fun to grind it in the NutriBullet! Then
I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit. Fresh tasting, very crisp, perfect size for personal pizzas, easy, and so good!

Quinoa Pizza Crusts
1 1/2 Cups Quinoa
(soak in good water at least 8 hours, rinse completely, and drain)
1/2 Cup of water
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 large clove of garlic

Makes 4, 8-9” crusts.

Heat the oven to 450.

Put all the ingredients except the oils into the blender and process until it is the consistency of pancake batter. Add more water if too thick.

Add 1/2 tbsp of the Olive Oil and 1/2 tbsp of the Coconut oil to each 8 or 9” cake pan (or similar), and heat in the oven about 90 seconds. Avoid overheating and making the oil smoke.

CAREFULLY take the pan with the oil out of the oven and put 1/4 of the batter directly in the center of the pan like a large pancake. Use a spoon to push the batter to the edges and return to the oven for 20 minutes. CAREFULLY take out of the oven and flip over the crust. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes. Cool on racks.

Add your favorite ingredients and return to the 450 oven for 10-15 minutes.

Fun and easy... just be careful with that super-hot oil.

So try it out and let me know what you think. I like this recipe - the light, green flavor- Enjoy!

Quinoa Nutrition:

One of the best reasons to enjoy quinoa is because it has a high-protein content, which makes it a great cholesterol-free and low-fat source of protein. According to the USDA nutrient database, 1 cup of cooked quinoa (185 g) contains 8.14 grams of protein. To put that in reference, the recommended daily protein intake is about 56 grams for most men and 46 for most women.

Quinoa is naturally low in fat, but as a seed, it does have a small amount. One cup of cooked quinoa provides 3.4 grams of fat. By comparison, 185 grams cooked lean ground beef provides 33 grams of fat. Quinoa is relatively low in calories. One cup of cooked quinoa provides 222 calories.

Quinoa is a great source of iron and fiber. One cup of cooked quinoa (185 grams) provides 15% of the recommended daily intake of iron, and 5 grams of fiber, which is 21% the recommended amount. Quinoa is also an excellent source of magnesium, with 118 mg per cup, cooked. According to the USDA nutrient database, one cup of cooked quinoa provides:

39.41 mg carbohydrates

31 mg calcium
2.76 mg iron 
318 mg potassium
13 mg sodium
2.02 mg zinc

Quinoa is a great food not just for vegetarians and vegans, but for anyone looking to lower their cholesterol or add fiber to their diet.


Enjoy eating healthy,
Resplendence happens

Sunday, February 10, 2013

What about those dryer sheets?

Many of us grew up with Mom using dryer softener sheet - it was convenient.

I was reminded recently, when a friend disclosed her experience "Cleaning Up" her space after a cancer scare. (If you want more info on how to do that look at Hulda Clark's books.) My friend mentioned the toxins in the dryer sheets. So to pass on some knowledge to whoever wants to pursue it, check it out:

The Dangers of Dryer Sheets

Do you know about the toxic danger of fabric softener and dryer sheets? A simple change in your laundry routine can save money, protect your health, and help the environment, all at the same time.
Fabric softener and dryer sheets may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh, and they help prevent your socks from sticking to your blouses, as well as that annoying shock you get when you’re done folding laundry and you reach for the doorknob.

What many people might not know is that fabric softeners and dryer sheets are actually really bad for you. Why? Because they contain a lot of chemicals that the EPA has classified as dangerous. And because we use dryer sheets at the end of the laundry process, these chemicals don’t get wiped off our clothes until our skin wipes them off.

And chances are that the staggering 99.8 percent of Americans who use common commercial detergents, fabric softeners, bleaches, and stain removers would think twice if they knew they contained chemicals that could cause cancer and brain damage.

With more and more studies coming out, people are finally starting to get the news: by using these chemical fabric softeners and other chemicals, you are exposing yourself and your family to toxic chemicals that could have dire long-term consequences.

The Chemicals In Dryer Sheets

  • ALPHA-TERPINEOL- Causes CNS (Central Nervous System) disorders and is highly irritating to mucus membranes.
  • BENZYL ACETATE- Carcinogenic (linked to pancreatic cancer).
  • BENZYL ALCOHOL- Causes CNS disorders. It is irritating to the upper respiratory tract” causing “headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, CNS depression, and death in severe cases due to respiratory failure.
  • CAMPHOR- Causes CNS disorders.
  • CHLOROFORM- Toxic. It is an anesthetic and carcinogenic.
  • ETHYL ACETATE- Narcotic. This product is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract.
  • LINALOOL- Narcotic. Causes DNS disorder, respiratory disturbances.
  • PENTANE-”Danger-Harmful if inhaled; extremely flammable.
If you’d like to read the original EPA report on these hazardous chemicals (their report covers 31 common household items including, of course, dryer sheets and fabric softener), you can download it here:

Fabric softeners are made to stay in your clothing for long periods of time. As such, chemicals are slowly released either into the air for you to inhale or onto your skin for you to absorb. Dryer sheets are particularly noxious because they are heated in the dryer and the chemicals are released through dryer vents and out into the environment.

The exposure is so constant that it can be difficult to connect the product with the signs of reactivity it causes.

Health effects from being exposed to the chemicals in fabric softeners and dryer sheets include:

  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • Irritation to skin, mucus membranes and respiratory tract
  • Pancreatic cancer

Green Alternatives To Dryer Sheets

Well, the cheapest, and greenest, option, is to ditch using dryer sheets altogether.
Or you can try one of these green options:
  • Fill a small cloth sack with dried herbs like lavender or basil. This will help scent your laundry.
  • Purchase some essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, or mint. Drip a few drops on a cloth, and throw it into the dryer with the rest of your clothes.
  • If you’re worried about cling, then add one or two tablespoons of vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle. This will help the wrinkles fall out in the dryer. You can also try adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your rinse cycle if the vinegar doesn’t do the trick.
  • There are several green dryer sheets out on the market. One is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. They list all the ingredients on their website, and the sheet is biodegradable
  • You can also check out 7th Generation’s Fabric Softener Seventh Generation. Like Mrs. Meyers, they fully list their ingredients on their site.
  • Ecover is another company that makes eco-friendly cleaning products including fabric softener and laundry detergent.
It’s amazing to me that there’s no regulation by the government on any of this; we’re all dependent on each other when it comes to finding this stuff out. Fortunately, it’s an easy problem to fix. We can simply green up our laundry room by not using these dangerous chemicals and opting for safer alternatives instead.


I am intrigued with Wool Dryer Balls. We get a lot of static. It sounds like an easy, sustainable solution.  

Wool does not harbor bacteria.
A set of three wool dryer balls in your dryer will shorten drying time by 15-25%. 

Wool Dryer balls are made to eliminate static and soften clothes.

They also cut down on ironing, because clothes come out of the dryer less wrinkled

They will help your dryer last longer. Dryer sheets and softeners have chemicals and waxes that can kill a dryer’s heating element. The softeners/dryer sheets cause wax buildup on the lint catcher so hot moisture is not escaping the dryer, which could burn out the heater.

Wool dryer balls will keep your laundry clean and toxic free. There are no fragrances or anything synthetic about them.

Reduces Waste: Unlike conventional dryer sheets that must be discarded, just leave the 100% safe wool dryer balls right in the dryer for load after load.

To use, simply toss 3-6 balls in your  dryer and start. No need to remove them from the dryer, just reuse! Add your favorite essential oil to these for a wonderful scent of your choice!

We can do a lot to protect our health by making smarter choices in the products we use every day! A simple change in your laundry routine can save money, protect your health, and help the environment, all at the same time. 


Here's a DO-IT-YOURSELF solution. My favorite!

Wool Dryer Balls
Save Time and Energy

" can speed up laundry drying times by turning a skein of wool yarn into three felted wool balls.
These balls function as fabric softener and you can add a few drops of an essential oil to give your laundry whatever scent you'd like. All you need to do is wrap a length of wool yarn around your fingers twenty times, slip the strands of yarn off your fingers and wrap the middle of that circle another twenty times until it reaches the size of a tennis ball and then you cut the yarn and tuck the end under another strand. A standard skein of yarn should make three or four of these balls.

The last step is to "felt" the balls to make sure they won't unravel. Place a ball in the end of a leg of pantyhose or tights and secure it with a piece of synthetic string that won't felt and add the next ball and so on. Once everything is tied off run it through a wash cycle and your dryer on the highest heat settings.

At this point you will have several wool dryer balls that work great for improving drying efficiency and eliminating fabric softener.

So I will go look for some 100% wool at the craft store and see how it goes. 
I will let you all know.

Thanks for reading : )
Resplendence happens-